It’s Inktober again, the time of the year where artists challenge themselves to create an ink drawing a day, every day for the month of October, and some post the results on social media.
The ‘rules’ are very flexible. There is a list of prompts, but it’s not really about following the rules, it’s about being productive and challenging yourself.
This year, I’m challenging artists to skip the prompts and instead, spend that time creating an image that they will donate to the BORDERx project. That way your time goes to a worthy cause, raising awareness of the growing humanitarian crisis on the border and raising money for a non-profit who is doing something about it, namely the South Texas Human Rights Center.
Instead of following the “official” Inktober prompts, why not:
- Create a panel a day for a comic that you will submit to BORDERx
- If you don’t have a script, contact me, we have writers looking for artists
- Draw a portrait of someone who has immigrated and defies the lazy stereotypes and smears that have been directed at migrants and asylum seekers
- Find an interesting account of a migrant experience to illustrate
- Find a scientific, historic or other researched article to illustrate and transform into a narrative. Be sure to cite sources, give credit where credit it due, OR..
- Contact a writer who has written on the subject and see if they want to collaborate.
- Create a poster or an infographic one pager for the project.
- Create your own exploration of the subject, news clippings, anecdotes, personal stories.
- Draw! Remember, you can always go back and rearrange the images into a coherent narrative.
NOTE: The final size of the anthology will be standard comic book size. The bleed* margins are 7″x10″ and trimmed to 6.625″×10.25″ so documents must be submitted with appropriate margins. If you are unsure, please refer to this guide:
*Bleed-when the printed image goes right to the edge of the page, the art must be larger than the page so that it can be trimmed without leaving white space around the art.